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Purusing High Energy Physics (research)

  1. Jun 21, 2006 #1
    Hello all

    This thread is a continuation of my previous thread (https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=122582) where some of my queries about physics curriculum at the undergraduate level were answered.

    Basic intro: I am getting into a Bachelors program in Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur (India) but my interests are in the field of high energy (particle) physics theory + experiment. I am teaching myself mathematical methods, electromagnetic theory, special relativity, quantum mechanics and also reading Griffiths' elementary particles out of interest and I am dead sure now that my interests lie in research/academia in these areas. I am interested in some areas of electrical engineering as well, such as semiconductor devices and computer vision. Having 'researched' course options (In an EE system, we are allowed to take a finite number of electives from other departments, so you cannot take all courses.), grad school entrance requirements etc, I have figured out that after EE, apart from GRE and/or other test requirements, recommendations, etc. one has to take additional courses in physics which might have been left out at the undergraduate level. If this is not possible, one might have to indulge in a self-teaching adventure to pick up things.

    But my query is: staying in EE, how can one pursue interests in high energy physics apart from courses? What are the active problems that can be at least thought of at an undergraduate level without too much exposure to courses? Anything that overlaps with EE?

    I would appreciate if any high-energy/particle physicists or anyone knowledgeable in this area of physics could respond to this thread...

    Thanks in advance...

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  3. Jun 22, 2006 #2


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    No, because it belongs here. The High energy physics forum is restricted to the discussion of actual subject matter.

  4. Jun 22, 2006 #3
    Okay then someone please respond to it :smile:
  5. Jun 22, 2006 #4
    Why don't you just go into the physics undergrad program?
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